The Wolves selected Hawley in the fifth round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection draft, 95th overall.
The big, physical rearguard stands 6-2 and weighs 185 lbs. Hawley played 56 games for the Gananoque Islanders of the Eastern Ontario Junior B hockey league this season. The Kingston native recorded six goals, 10 assists for 16 points and 106 minutes in penalties.
This season, the Islanders won the Rideau Division of the EOJHL. defeating the Prescott Flyers in the Rideau Final. The Islanders' season recently came to an end with a loss to the Casselman Vikings in the St. Lawrence/Rideau Championship Final.
With this latest commitment, the Wolves now have five student-athletes from the 2013 OHL Priority Selection draft committed to play with the Wolves next season including:
First Round — Kyle Capobianco, LD;
Second Round — Troy Timpano, G;
Third Round — David Zeppieri, C;
Fourth Round — Austin Clapham, RD;
Fifth Round — Chase Hawley, LD.
“We were very pleased to select Chase in the OHL Priority Selection draft last April,” said Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith. “Chase is primarily a shutdown defenceman, but he contributes offensively with a hard shot. He plays with a physical edge and Chase has worked hard this season while dedicating himself to be a Sudbury Wolf. We are very pleased to officially welcome Chase to our organization.”
“Becoming a member of the Sudbury Wolves has been a dream of mine since last April's draft when I was selected,” said the Wolves' newest defenceman. “I cannot begin to explain the excitement and pride I feel officially becoming part of the organization. My hard work only continues as I'm looking forward to a summer of training to prepare myself for next season.”
Hawley has good hockey bloodlines as his father, Kent, played three seasons in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and was drafted in the second round of the 1986 NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.